Family friend creates GoFundMe for victim of Saturday night crash that killed three Emporia teenagers

Crews pull a submerged car out of the Cottonwood River after three teens died Saturday night.
Crews pull a submerged car out of the Cottonwood River after three teens died Saturday night.(KVOE)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 11:22 AM CDT
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - Fundraisers for the families whose children tragically died in the car crash in Emporia are now set up and a candlelight vigil is scheduled to happen Tuesday night to remember the lives lost.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union is accepting donations for a fund in honor of the two siblings. The memorial fund for Chase Luby, who was 17, and Paxton Luby, who was 13, is available for drop-off or mail-in donations. You can do so at their branch on 310 West 12th or at 2332 Industrial Road.

A GoFundMe donations page for the funeral expenses has been started for the other teen who died in the car crash, Shelby Pheonix, 17. The link to it can be found here.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union has set up a memorial fund for Chase Luby, who was 17, and Paxton Luby, who was 13. The Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of road 147. They said a person reported an injured woman walking down the road.

We spoke with the survivor, 15-year-old Ashley Edwards, on Sunday. Her story is available here.

We have reached out to the sheriff’s office for an update, but have not heard back yet.

There are plans for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at the crash site. We are making sure it is still at that location. There are talks of moving it to a park instead because it may be hard for the parents, and others, to be at the scene. There is another candlelight vigil set for Friday, May 14 as well with that location to be determined.

The mother of two of the three teens who died said she was there when crews pulled the vehicle out of the water.

Heather Luby-Fowler, who is the mother of both Chase and Paxton Luby, told 13 NEWS she learned of the crash from Chase’s friend while she was at work. Her story is available here.

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for the funeral of a victim of the crash in Emporia that killed three teenagers on Saturday night.

Michele Anderson, a family friend of a teenager that was killed on Saturday night in a crash in Emporia, says in her GoFundMe that she has created it to help pay for the unexpected funeral expenses of Shelby Phoenix, 17. She said all funds will be given via check to Shelby’s mother, Heather Phoenix.

According to GoFundMe, the page has already reached over $2,500, which is just over half of its $5,000 goal.

Emergency officials were called to the 800 block of 147 Rd. on Saturday, May 8, just after 6 p.m. Upon arrival, officials found Ashley Edwards, 15, to be the only survivor of a crash where a car lost control and fell into the Cottonwood River. Shelby Phoenix, 17, Chase Luby, 17, and Paxton Luby, 13, were all victims of the crash.

Anderson said she is still unaware of GoFundMes for the other two victims of the crash.

To donate to Shelby’s family, click HERE.

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